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Dog-Friendly Areas & Rules – Central Park NYC

New York Central Park - General Regulations / Requirements:

New York State law and New York City Health Code require that dogs be vaccinated against rabies and every dog owner carry proof of a current dog license and rabies vaccination while in public.  Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws.

All dogs in city parks must be on a leash (no more than six feet long) at all times, except in dog runs and designated off-leash areas at the prescribed times.

Unless otherwise prohibited, dogs may be unleashed within designated parks or portions of a park from 6am to 9am/after 9pm.

There are 23 dog-friendly areas around Central Park (see map below). These are areas where dogs and their owners often gather to participate in events, often in the early morning or evening hours when dogs are allowed to run off-leash. Some of these areas include Harlem Meer, East Meadow, Cedar Hill and Mineral Springs.

In addition, there are 21 dog fountains throughout the park, with plans to build more.

Areas of the park where dogs must be on leash at all times include: Arthur Ross Pinetum, Bridle Path, Cedar Hill, Conservatory Garden, Kerbs Boathouse Plaza, Shakespeare Garden, Strawberry Fields, Turtle Pond Lawn and Woodlands.

No dogs (leashed or unleashed) are permitted in the following: Playgrounds; Zoo; Swimming pool; Ballfield or basketball, handball, or tennis court; East Green, Elm Islands at the Mall, Great Hill Glade, Lilac Walk, Ornamental Fountains, Reservoir Running Track, Sand Volleyball Court, Sheep Meadow and Water Bodies.

Although bridle paths in most city parks are off-limits to all dogs any time, leashed dogs are permitted on the Central Park bridle path.

Any unleashed dog must be leashed immediately upon request by any police officer, park ranger, PEP officer, or official of the Parks or Health departments.

Central Park Dog-friendly areas

Dog-friendly areas in Central Park South (59th Street to 78th Street approx):

Dog Friendly Areas Central Park South

Dog-friendly areas in central Central Park (78th Street to 94th Street approx):

Dog Friendly Areas Central Park Centre

Dog-friendly areas in Central Park North (94th Street to 110th Street):

Dog Friendly Areas Central Park North

Dog-friendly areas Central Park - Map Key:

Central Park Map Key

Ways to enjoy Central Park:

Central Park Ways To Enjoy The Park

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